Day Two of Travel Week
To kick off day two of travel week, the SEI staff and students toured the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). After learning about the famous university, the staff and students headed to the Santa Monica Beach, right outside of Los Angeles. Students enjoyed the weather at both the beach and the university – sunny with a nice California breeze.
UCLA Tour and History Lesson
Upon arriving at UCLA, the students were taken on a tour by their RTAs. UCLA is a famous campus, often featured in American movies. Additionally, the University is known for having a large international student population (12%) with over 100 countries represented at the school. UCLA is ranked #23 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report and currently has over 43,000 students. Despite the large number of students that attend the university, the school has a 22% acceptance rate and is currently the most applied to university in the nation. While on the tour, students not only learned about the school, but they also participated in a UCLA cheer video competition. Each group of students learned the UCLA fight cheer and performed it somewhere on campus. One of the groups found a current UCLA soccer player who performed the cheer with them in front of a small crowd. After the tour, students ate lunch at the Student Union and shopped in the UCLA campus store.
Watch SEI students perform the UCLA cheer below
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
The Santa Monica Beach is a beautiful, lively area with over 5.5 kilometers of stunning coastline. The pier, which extends over 300 meters into the water, is over 100 years old and is a popular landmark for both residents and visitors of the Los Angeles area. The entrance of the pier is very famous and has been featured in many American feature films. Students had plenty of time to soak up the sun at the beach, enjoy amusement park rides on the pier, shop at an assortment of stores and choose from a variety of novelty restaurants. While travel week is full of fun adventures, the students are also continuing to practice their English outside the classroom. It is enjoyable for the staff to observe students interacting with the locals and engaging in conversation with native English speakers.[The photo below features SEI student, David, interacting with a California resident in a local coffee shop]
Watch the week 3 SEI highlight video below
Question of the day: have you traveled outside your home country before? If so, where?
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: RTA, Taylor Negrete
Mr. Negrete is representing the green team. He is from Nevada and currently attends William Jessup University, where he is studying psychology. In the future, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and social work, while still doing music. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, track and field and playing music whenever he can. He has a passion to communicate to others through the universal language of music. Fun fact: he plays 8 instruments.